Tara is an independent school and our Principal, Mrs Susan Middlebrook, is empowered to employ excellent teachers and administration staff. Mrs Middlebrook is appointed by and reports to the School Council. She is responsible for delivering Tara's Strategic Plan and for the daily running of the school. It is Mrs Middlebrook's priority that our students are cared for by excellent teachers, who provide innovative, high quality teaching and learning experiences for our girls.
Mrs Susan Middlebrook (Principal)
MEd (Admin) BEc Dip Ed MACE MACEL
Sue Middlebrook has worked in education for more than 30 years. She has a strong background in both curriculum and pastoral care and is an experienced classroom teacher. Sue has worked in a variety of Anglican schools and brings passion and commitment to the education of girls.
Mrs Sue Hammond (Deputy Principal - Head of Senior School)
MEd BSc Dip Ed SPTC GAustMS MACE
Sue Hammond has been at Tara since 2003 and was previously the Head of Mathematics at The International Grammar School Sydney and the Deputy Head of Senior School at Abbotsleigh. She is passionate about Mathematics and was a HSC Marker for the subject. Sue enjoys the variety of the day-to-day administration of Tara.
Ms Ruth Adams (Head of Junior School)
BEd (Distinction) IBEN MEd (Leadership) (Distinction)
Ruth Adams is an experienced trained teacher and has worked extensively both internationally and within NSW. Her goal is for young people to foster a life-long approach to learning. She is looking forward to developing the IB PYP Programme in the Junior School.
Mr Paul Ryan (Business Manager)
CA BEc (Accg) AIMM Dip School Complicance
Paul Ryan was appointed in 2010, having spent the previous six years as the CFO for the National Council of Churches in Australia. He has vast experience as a Head of Finance in the professional, corporate accounting and the not-for-profit sectors. Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Management.
Mr Scott Baker (Director of Teaching & Learning)
MEd BEd TC
Scott Baker has been teaching for over 20 years and is a text book author, HSC lecturer, and Senior Marker in Modern History for the HSC. He was previously Tara’s Head of History and Head of Academic Administration. Scott is passionate about encouraging our girls to develop a life-long commitment to learning and believes the relationship between students, teachers, and parents is a great strength of Tara.
Mrs Stephanie Griffiths (Director of Student Engagement & Development)
MEd, BMus Ed, Grad Cert (Counselling) MACE
Stephanie Griffiths has been involved in independent girls' education for over 25 years. Her major area of interest is in Pastoral Care and she has held a variety of positions including Head of Middle School and Assistant Head of Boarding at Abbotsleigh as well as Head of the Upper Sixth at Moreton Hall in the UK.
Ms Nikki Williams (Director of Enrolments & Communications)
BLaw BComm (Pub Rel)
Nikki Williams was appointed in 2013 and is a former student of Tara. Nikki studied Communication (Public Relations) and Law at university and then worked in media for government and foreign affairs organisations. She moved back to Sydney from Canberra to take up her position at Tara. Nikki is passionate about Tara and enjoys welcoming new girls into the Tara community to experience all that this School has to offer.
Rev Nicholas Russell (Chaplain / Director of Christian Faith & Values)
BDiv (Hons) BA Dip Ed
Nicholas Russell has been involved in ministry to youth for over 15 years and after three years in Anglican parish ministry, arrived at Tara in 2015. Prior to this, he studied Theology at Moore Theological College and worked as an English Teacher in a secondary girls' school. Nicholas is passionate about helping students to see the positive difference the person of Jesus Christ can make to their lives.
Mrs Samantha Cocks (Director of Boarding)
BA Grad Dip Ed Grad Cert TESOL
Samantha Cocks started at Tara in 2010. While teaching continuers and extension HSC Japanese she gained valuable experience as the ESL, Overseas and Stage 4 Year Coordinator. Samantha is passionate about student well being and encouraging girls to achieve their best. As the Director of Boarding, she aims to provide a nurturing environment for girls.